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Comment Re:Technological threshold (Score 1) 199

Unlike many technologies, fusion power requires a certain technological threshold to achieve,

Which technologies are you referring to, that do not require a certain technological threshold? Is it not glaringly obvious that a technology would depend on all its component subsystems to function efficiently?

Comment Ask anyone in the military (Score 2) 462

Anyone that's been in the military recently can give you a pretty good of how much of a pain it is, though they are all dealing with far less (no full access at work). Obviously mileage will vary, since some of them have access to wide open internet all the time, and others won't have any for months.

On the carrier, I had access to email pretty much all the time (while I wasn't actively working and the ship wasn't on radio silence), but internet access meant 15-30 minutes on the slowest and most unreliable connection I've ever used. We'd pray that a page would even load, and often it didn't (so no Googling, you need to know exactly where you're going, and don't bother downloading files because they'll fail before they finish). Granted this was for a 2006-07 cruise, and from what I understand they've made some changes since then.

I ran a game server for the department berthing, including one which required SQL and was in development. Prior to that, I hadn't used the software or SQL, and was learning while underway. What I found out, was that not being able to Google an error or download patches and modules was a massive pain. Trying to research anything (an apartment, college, etc) or order anything online was out of the question. I wouldn't ever choose that, even if I cut back on internet.

My point, is that obviously it's entirely dependent on you, your situation, and your usage, and we have no way of addressing your concerns since you haven't even given us a clue of what your concerns are. In general, it's probably whatever you're doing on the internet that's the issue (Facebook, porn, etc), and not access in general. It sounds like you won't be that disconnected anyway, between having access elsewhere, and likely still using a cell phone.

If you need to cut off certain activities, do so. Get someone else involved and have them control access (lock your Facebook profile, set up parental filters for porn, whatever the issue happens to be). Try going to a cafe or somewhere you might normally use wifi, and don't get the password. I do this anyway when I need breaks from the distractions of wifi.

Comment Re:human vs. mechanical measurements (Score 1) 2288

Look at the wall, and point at the place that's 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. Now look at the wall, and point at the place that's 6/10 of the way up from the bottom. You are likely to be both faster and more accurate with the former than with the latter. Humans seem to naturally think in base 12, and have to be taught how to eyeball in base 10.

Huh? Look at the pie. Split the whole pie into 1/2. Now split the whole pie into 1/3. You are likely to be both faster and more accurate with the former than with the latter. Humans seem to naturally think in base 2, and have to be taught how to eyeball in base 3. Now what is 1010 1110 1101 + 1101 0101 0111 (hint: it's 2792 + 3415)?

Comment Not in the Navy (Score 1) 2288

With one of the largest organisations in the US, the military, using metric units extensively,

Not sure what your source is (personal anecdote? movies?), but I can't think of a single instance where we used Metric in the Navy, except where it is used exclusively (volts, amps, "9mm", but not power (sometimes watts, sometimes hp)). I'm speaking cross discipline as well (I was an electrician/nuclear operator, served time with security and qualified diesel and surface warfare). Not that your intent is wrong, but your appeal to authority is a bit weak. More curious is the fact that many of our American units have been redefined based on Metric measurements (e.g. a yard).

Comment Re:For those who are confused... (Score 1) 506

One thing that keeps bothering me is how can we make assumptions about anything, including "universal" constants and laws?

We don't make assumptions, we make models that most closely resemble our observations, then test them to see if they fit all observations. If you are an ant on the surface of a (large) balloon, it is reasonable that you would model the surface as being flat until you had data which showed otherwise. Your "flat balloon" model would hold up to some observations, but if you eventually developed a method for uniquely identifying a spot on the balloon, then walked in a straight line away from the spot and came across it again, you'd have to start looking for a new model.

Comment Re:They'd complain about anything probably. (Score 1) 187

Maybe if AT&T got it right, they wouldn't have anything to complain about. It boggles my mind that you can still use Consumer Report's metrics when choosing your car, because after 100 years of auto industry, some car companies still can't produce a car with full marks across the board. The same applies to cell phone carriers.

Comment Re:Impressive? Sure, but it's a rip-off... (Score 2, Insightful) 96

Not only is he claiming credit for an "invention" that isn't his, he fails to note the impracticality due to the strength and stamina required. In the BBC show, Jem Stansfield (who is in better shape than the average window washer) is exhausted by the time he makes it up the building, and he didn't do a bit of cleaning on the way.

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